8 Things You Need To Pack When Going To The Beach

Summertime means one thing for a lot of people: time at the beach! Whether you’re a local looking to escape the heat or on vacation, there are some essentials you need to bring with you to have a fun and safe time. Here are some of the most important things you should always pack when going to the beach.

Going To The Beach

1. A Cover For Your Swimsuit

Whether it be a cute cover-up or a sarong, you’ll want to make sure you have something to throw on over your swimsuit when you’re not in the water.

Not only will this help keep you warm, but it can also be a great way to transition from the beach to lunch or dinner.

And if you’re wondering where to buy dry robes, you can search online and discover the different options. Covers are also great because they can provide some extra sun protection if you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors.

It will also give you a place to store your things if you don’t want to bring a bag.

2. Sunscreen

You can never have too much sunscreen when spending a day at the beach. Be sure to pack sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and apply it liberally and often, especially if you’re going to be in the water.

Don’t forget to put it on before you put your swimsuit on so you don’t miss any spots. Sun damage can cause wrinkles, sun spots, and even skin cancer, so it’s important to take precautions.

It’s best to even invest in sunscreen with SPF 50 because the sun’s rays are stronger than ever. Be sure to buy sunscreen that is waterproof as well so it doesn’t come off when you’re swimming. 

Mineral VS Chemical Sunscreen

Sunscreen may differ based on its ingredients. The two most common types are chemical and mineral sunscreens.

  • Chemical sunscreens protect your skin by absorbing UV rays. These typically contain ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate, avobenzone, homosalate, and octisalate. Some people may be allergic to chemical sunscreen or find it irritating to their skin.
  • Mineral sunscreens work by sitting on top of your skin and reflecting the UV rays away. They usually contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Mineral sunscreens are a good option for people with sensitive skin since they’re less likely to cause irritation. However, they can be thicker and more difficult to apply evenly.

3. A Hat or Visor

Another great way to protect yourself from the sun is to wear a hat or visor. This is especially important if you’re going to be spending a lot of time walking around on the sand since the sun can be even more intense when reflected off of the ground.

If you don’t want to carry a hat around with you, opt for a visor that can easily be rolled up and shoved in your bag. Additionally, a wide-brimmed hat will provide more sun protection for your face, neck, and shoulders.

4. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are an accessory that is a must when spending time outdoors, especially at the beach. Not only do they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, but they can also help reduce glare when you’re around water.

If you wear contact lenses, be sure to pack an extra pair of glasses in case your lenses get wet or lost. And if you have young children, don’t forget to pack sunglasses for them as well!

Look for a  pair that has 100% UV protection and is comfortable to wear.

5. A Beach Towel

Of course, you’ll need a place to sit and dry off when you’re done swimming so be sure to pack a beach towel.

If you have young children, bring an extra towel for them to sit on since they tend to get wetter than adults. Most beaches will have towel rental services but it’s always best to bring your own.

Not only will you be more comfortable using your own towel, but you won’t have to worry about the cleanliness of a rental.

6. A Beach Bag

You’ll need somewhere to store all of your things when you’re at the beach so be sure to bring a bag big enough to fit everything.

A tote bag or mesh bag are both great options since they’re lightweight and can easily be carried around. If you have young children, bring a backpack so you can easily carry all of their things as well.

The material of the bag needs to be able to withstand sand and water so it doesn’t get ruined. Some materials such as canvas or nylon are great options.

7. Water and Snacks

It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re spending time in the sun so be sure to pack plenty of water. It’s also a good idea to bring along some snacks like fruit, granola bars, or crackers.

This way you won’t have to leave the beach to find food and you can avoid getting Hangry (angry because you’re hungry).

8. Beach Furniture Of Your Choice

If you want some extra protection from the sun, consider bringing a beach umbrella or tent. This is especially important if you have young children since they need to be protected from the sun as well.

Look for an umbrella that has a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 50 or higher. This will ensure that you’re getting the best possible sun protection. You’ll also need somewhere to sit when you’re at the beach so be sure to bring a chair or mat.

If you want to lie down, a beach mat is a great option. But if you prefer to sit up, then a beach chair is probably better for you. Look for one that’s lightweight and easy to carry so you don’t have any trouble getting it to the beach.

Going to the beach is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. But it’s important to be prepared so you can stay safe in the sun.

Be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat or visor, sunglasses, a beach towel, a bag, water and snacks, and some beach furniture of your choice. By following these tips, you’ll be sure to have a fun and safe day at the beach!

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at momooze.com. She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.